Organisations providing end-of-life care should have policies to ensure care after death is ‘sensitive and responsive to cultural and spiritual needs of the deceased and their families’, the document says.
Spiritual needs should be part of patient and carer assessments and ‘religious and cultural care competencies’ should be adopted ‘within all core training’, it adds.
The strategy also calls for occasions of remembrance to be organised to help support bereaved people.
Sarah Furley, cancer and palliative care planning manager at a pilot project at Lincolnshire PCT, said: ‘We are looking at different options on how to support staff with spirituality – but it is a very difficult area. One is a champion of spiritual care.’